Aberlour Double Cask 18 Year Old Single Malt
There was an Aberlour Double Cask on the market for a spell several years ago, aged in sherry casks, that I really enjoyed. Now we have this new 18-year-old expression. There are big shoes to fill, and this whisky fills them quite nicely.
18-year-old single malt from Aberlour up in Speyside. A well-matured, heavily sherried expression, the perfect thing for a late evening dram.
Once again, the sherry is prominent throughout, with its lush fruit, velvety texture, and sweet demeanor. But it’s not cloying or sappy the sherry blends in nicely with the rest of the flavors.
This fine single malt is produced at the Aberlour distillery that sits where the rivers Lour and Spey meet in the Spey region of the Highlands. Aberlour, which has been producing whisky since 1812, is known for their use of both American oak barrels and Sherry butts for their “double cask mature” whiskies and their seductive single malts and this 18-year is no different. It has rested in first-fill ex-bourbon barrels and Oloroso Sherry butts before being bottled at 86 proof.
The mature, deep, spicy one: a deeper Sherry influence adds more spiciness and a licorice tang. Greater age adds body and develops the distinctive fruitiness to a rich raisin character.
Aberlour is already one of our favorite distilleries thanks to the excellent a’bunadh. Introduced in 2008, this 18-year-old is now one of the stars of the range: rich and fruity, with a great textured mouthfeel.
Creamy, like melted vanilla ice-cream. Fruity and honeyed.
Fresh juicy apples and oranges before sherry kick in with supple sultanas and vanilla.
Intricate with chocolate raisins and oily caramel notes.